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Punisher War Journal (2007 Series) #10

August 7, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Sunset
Rating: T+

Frank’s final battle with the Hate-Monger!

Writer: Matt Fraction
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Axel Alonso
Cover Art: Ariel Olivetti
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The four-issue flashback finally over, everything comes down to this. The Punisher is captured, trussed up like a pig, and the Hate-Monger is ready for his death… but he’s been interrupted by G.W. Bridge. Meanwhile, Clarke is making his own plans for the Hate-Monger’s headquarters.

Although I think this whole storyline probably could have been condensed into four issues instead of five, this finale really is spectacular. There’s tons of action, the Frank/Bridge relationship is developed nicely, and Clarke undergoes some drastic changes. By the end, this is definitely a different title than it was when the story began, and that’s all to Matt Fraction’s credit.

Ariel Olivetti’s artwork is still great, particularly when we see the unmasked Hate-Monger. The character has such a totally different look without his mask, and most of that is in facial expression. A comic book artist is called upon to be director, cinematographer and actor all in one, and Olivetti has shown mastery in all respects.

Overall, although this arc ran just a tad long, Fraction and Olivetti have nailed the ending wonderfully. Well done.

Rating: 8/10

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